Mt Lofty Discovery Walk

10 min to 15 min

560 m

↑ 26 m
↓ -26 m

Easy track
Starting from the Mount Lofty Summit car park off Mount Lofty Summit Road, Cleland National Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around the summit of Mount Lofty via Mt Lofty Discovery Walk. This short and easy loop meanders through native vegetation just below the Mount Lofty summit lookout, with several seats provided for walkers to relax and take in the views of Adelaide before returning to the viewing area. The Summit Café & Function Centre contains a restaurant, café, visitor centre and gift shop, as well as accessible toilets, a large outdoor dining area and a lookout with panoramic views of Adelaide, from the city skyline all the way to the coast. The visitor centre features interactive panels with information about the summit and surrounding tourist attractions, as well as the Aboriginal and European history of this area, including the story behind the towering white obelisk known as Flinders Column. This loop consists of mostly flat stone paths, with some steps, suitable for all ages and fitness levels, but not for prams or wheelchairs. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-34.9745691,138.7097569)
Mode Bus Car
DirectionsFrom South Eastern Freeway, Cleland.
  • Turn on to Crafers Interchange Offramp then drive for 510 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Summit Road and drive for another 265 m
  • Continue onto Mount Lofty Summit Road and drive for another 2.4 km
  • Turn right onto Summit Road and drive for another 315 m
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Mount Lofty Summit car park off Mount Lofty Summit Road, Cleland National Park, follow the path to The Summit Café & Function Centre, then head to the viewing area behind the building. Just before Flinders Column, you'll find a stone path on either side of the viewing area, both marked with a 'Mount Lofty Trails' informative sign. Head along the stone path to your left and continue the Mt Lofty Discovery Walk (clockwise).....
Turn map Directions & comments
After 60 m pass the toilet (9 m on your left).
Then pass the "The Mount Lofty Summit Restaurant and Café" (15 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the "Mount Lofty" (7 m on your right).
After another 5 m pass the water tap (on your left).
After another 15 m come to the viewpoint (15 m on your right).
Then pass a seat (20 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "Mount Lofty Summit Visitor Information Centre" (10 m on your left).
After another 30 m pass the water tap (7 m on your left).
After another 260 m (at the intersection of Waterfall Gully Trail & The Discovery Walk) turn sharp right, to head along Waterfall Gully Trail.
After another 50 m pass a seat (about 5 m ahead).
After another 100 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Mt Lofty Discovery Walk

Class 2/6
Easy track
Length 560 m
Time 10 min to 15 min
Quality of track Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one 60 m from the start.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 185 m apart with the largest gap of 360 m.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
60 m[toilet]
100 m[seat]
460 m[seat]
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